It might just have been a small step forward in the wee hours of last Saturday morning, but the U.S. Senate voted to add the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 to the top of its calendar after it returns from its fall recess in November.
The act is a collection of bills that benefit anglers and hunters through fish and game habitat protection and restoration. Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, the act includes:
- The North American Wetlands Conservation Act
- The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Also included in the bill is a new provision, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, which puts in place a national voluntary program to protect and improve fish habitat and fish populations by encouraging local, on-the-ground efforts to restore fish habitat and, in the end, make fishing better. This is important for TU members, many of whom volunteer on projects that this act would help support.
Thanks to Sen. Tester and members of the Senate from both parties who saw fit to keep this legislation alive–anglers and hunters are grateful for their support, and we look forward to full passage of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 in November.